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The Holocaust

Inter-group relations/discrimination:The Nazi's disrciminated against the Jews by forcing them to wear the Star of David, a badge, that identified them as Jewish starting around 1939. This was used to discriminate and dehumanize Jews around Europe

Circumstances that affect the capacity to prevent genocide: The Jews had no power within the governemnt so there was nothing they could do to stop or protect themselves against the discrimination.

Acts that encourage divisons in society:The Nazi's began a campaign of anti semitism, in which they used propoganda to show Jews as evil. This caused boycotts of Jewish businesses and overall hatred of the Jews in Germany.

Genocidal Acts:Jews and othersinority groups were forced into concentration camps where they were killed in great masses. The Nazi's used gas chambers and crematroiums to kill the prisoners. If not killed, they were forced to work long days in terrible conditions. Little food or water was provided and starvation was prevalent.

Presence of illegal arms and armed elements:When Hitler took control of the Nazi Party and Germany, he began the SS, originally as bodyguards, but later became one of the strongest groups in Nazi Germany. These were the soldiers that operated the concentration camps.

Circumstances that facilitate perpetration of genocide:With the rise of the SS, concentration camps also rose in number. Along with this, Jews were forced into ghettos. These divided towns had terrible conditions and served as a buffer between ones old life, and the inevitable transport to a concentration camp.

Evidence of intent "to destroy in whole or in part...": Extermination camps were used as well as concentration camps. At exterminaton camps, the prisoners were killed upon arrival, unlike at concentration camps, were the prisoners were often times forced to work in factories that benefited the German war effort.

Triggering Factors: In the 1932 elections, the Nazis won 33 percent of the votes, more than any other party. In January 1933 Hitler was appointed chancellor, the head of the German government, and many Germans believed that they had found a savior for their nation. He blamed the Jews for Germany's loss in WW1 and their economic depression. He sought to rid Europe of Jews and create the perfect Aryan race, which included blond haired and blue eyed people.

Throughout the Holocaust , an estimated 6-11 million people were killed. This event serves as an opportunity to learn and better our futures. Without learning from it, history is doomed to repeat itself.

ThesisThe Holocaust was one of the most tragic events in the world's history. It is our job to learn and teach about this event to prevent events like this from happening in the future.


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